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August 27, 2010  5:49 PM

Did you see this? – Microsoft updates Security Compliance Management Accelerator toolkit



Posted by: Troy Tate
Data security, DataCenter, design, Metrics, Microsoft Windows, Monitoring, policy enforcement, reporting, Security, tools

In 2008, I blogged about Microsoft's release of Security Compliance Management Accelerator toolkit. Now two years later Microsoft...

August 27, 2010  2:12 PM

Friday fun: HEADLINE: Microsoft Windows glider crashes



Posted by: Troy Tate
flugtag, fun, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Vista, Windows Vista, Windows XP, XP

Well, the headline may be tongue-in-cheek but this is truly a fun story for a Friday. The Register reports the Microsoft Phoenix glider fails to show the "right stuff" in the recent Red Bull Flugtag competition...


August 27, 2010  1:35 PM

Hackers send exploit code to Microsoft



Posted by: Troy Tate
application development, information security, infosec, infosec awareness, malicious software, malware, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, web application development

Go ahead and report why your system crashed - send Microsoft the exploit code you are working on. As most Windows users know, you can send Microsoft details about what caused a system crash. In some cases hackers respond yes and their exploit code is sent to Microsoft according to a


August 24, 2010  8:01 PM

Whak-a-mole testing for Microsoft DLL exploit



Posted by: Troy Tate
application development, DLL, exploit, metasploit, Microsoft, Microsoft DLL, qa testing, vulnerability, vulnerability analysis

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March 26, 2010  2:20 PM

Microsoft releases the Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide



Posted by: Troy Tate
Microsoft, Microsoft licensing, Microsoft Volume Licensing, software assurance, software licensing

Software licensing is one of the most complex activities that an IT person has to deal with, especially Microsoft licensing. Microsoft has released a Volume...

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February 18, 2010  8:04 PM

Microsoft Security Bulletins for the Regular IT Guy



Posted by: Troy Tate
Microsoft, Microsoft security bulletins, podcast, risk management, security bulletin

If your eyes glazed over during the February monthly Microsoft security bulletin webcast, consider checking out this Technet Edge podcast website.The presenters attempt to...


February 18, 2010  7:36 PM

Free Excel Templates for IT Professionals



Posted by: Troy Tate
Excel template, gantt chart, IT risk assessment, log management, maturity model, Microsoft Excel, project management, risk assessment, risk management, risks, template

I just came across an excellent resource for Microsoft Excel templates that are useful to IT professionals. The files can be found on the Excellence In Financial Management website. Some of the useful ones that I have now...


January 27, 2010  6:26 PM

Identify malware infection using Internet Explorer history



Posted by: Troy Tate
antimalware, antivirus, Internet Explorer, internet explorer history, malicious software, toolkit, troubleshooting

A user on my network recently reported their computer was displaying virus detection warnings. Investigation showed that the virus detection warnings were bogus and looked something like the screen below. [caption id="attachment_352" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Bogus Anti-Virus...


January 22, 2010  7:34 PM

Sure you can use my security context – exploit me!



Posted by: Troy Tate
exploit, group policy, information security, least user authority, lua, Microsoft, principle of least privilege, security bulletin, vulnerability

I recently blogged about the fact that the initial reports of the Google Aurora attack focused on Internet Explorer version 6. Some...


January 21, 2010  9:57 PM

Google Aurora attack focused on IE6 – does anybody do autoupdates anymore?



Posted by: Troy Tate
attack, Aurora, fixes, Internet Explorer, malicious software, malware, Microsoft, patch, patch management, threat, update, vulnerability

Maybe you have heard about the recent


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